Michael I. Jones PhD
890 N. Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
I joined UCCE on October 1, 2018 as the Forestry Advisor for Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. I specialize in forest entomology and disturbance ecology with a focus on forest health and integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests.
I completed a Ph.D. in Entomology from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management from UC Davis.
Prior to joining UCCE, I was a Research Project Assistant (graduate student) at State University of New York. I developed and maintained research projects on delimitation, management, and biological control of the invasive forest pest emerald ash borer in New York. From 2010 to 2013, I was a research associate in the Department of Entomology, UC Davis in collaboration with the US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection in southern California. I participated in a variety of forest pest research projects involving the detection, evaluation, and management of native and invasive forest pests, including goldspotted oak borer. I have been active in leading training activities for land managers and owners in the field identification and management of forest pests, and training and supervising field crews in the collection of forestry data. My journey in forest health started as an undergraduate at UC Davis, where I worked on sudden oak death in the department of Plant Pathology.
My experiences in forest health, disturbance ecology, forest ecology, and management have given me the skills to be of service to landowners and managers who want to implement good forest stewardship practices that help create healthy and sustainable forests that are resilient to disturbances such as insects, diseases, fire, and climate chance.
SpecialtyEntomology; Integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests
Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)
- Plant Protection
- Insects, Mites, and Other Arthropods Affecting Plants
- Biological Control of Pests Affecting Plants
- Integrated Pest Management Systems
- Beneficial Insects
- Management and Sustainability of Forest Resources
- Urban Forestry
- Geographic Information Systems
- Pest Management/Diseases
- Endemic Species
- Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases
Jones, MI; Gould, JRJournal of Economic Entomology. 113:2, 622-632.(2020). Phenology of Emerald Ash Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) and Its Introduced Larval Parasitoids in the Northeastern United States.
Jones, MI; Gould, JR. Dispersal of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) parasitoids along a linear ash corridor in western New York. Biological Control, 128, 94-101.
McGourty, G; Jones, MI(2019). Evaluation of Vineyards, Fruit and Wine Affected by Wild Fire Smoke. Proceedings, 21st International Meeting of Viticulture GiESCO. Thessaloniki, Greece.
McGourty, G; Jones, MI(2019). Microvinification as a Method for Predicting Smoke Taint in Wine. American Society of Enology and Viticulture Program and Technical Abstracts. Napa, California. 105.
Coleman, TW; Smith, SL(2017). Efficacy of systemic insecticides against the invasive goldspotted oak borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in California. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110:5, 2129-2139.
Jones, MI; Gould, JR(2017). Mortality of overwintering emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) associated with an extreme cold event in New York, United States of America. The Canadian Entomologist. 149:4, 482-486.
Coleman, TW; Smith, SL(2016). Effect of Contact Insecticides Against the Invasive Goldspotted Oak Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in California. Journal of Economic Entomology. 109:6, 2436-2445.
Coleman, TW; Jones, MI(2015). Goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus auroguttatus. Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet.
Coleman, TW; Jones, MI(2015). Pyemotes tritici (Acari: Pyemotidae): a parasitoid of Agrilus auroguttatus and Agrilus coxalis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in the southwestern United States of America and southern Mexico. The Canadian Entomologist. 00, 1-5.
Coleman, TW; Jones, MI(2014). Impact of Douglas-fir tussock moth, Orgyia pseudotsugata McDunnough (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Lymantriinae), on white fir, Abies concolor, in southern California: The first recorded regional outbreak. Forest Ecology and Management. 329, 295-305.
Chen, Y; Coleman, TW(2013). Foliar nutrients explain goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus auroguttatus Schaeffer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), adult feeding preference for four California oak species. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 149, 57-66.
Flint, ML; Jones, MI(2013). Pest Note: Goldspotted Oak Borer. University of California, Integrated Pest Management Program. University of California, Integrated Pest Management Program. Pub. 74163.
Jones, MI; Coleman, TW(2013). Sanitation options for managing oak wood infested with the invasive goldspotted oak borer, Agrilus auroguttatus Schaeffer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), in California. Journal of Economic Entomology. 106, 235-246.
Haavik, LJ; Coleman, TW(2012). First occurrence of the goldspotted oak borer parasitoid, Calosota elongata (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae), in California. Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 88, 374-376.
Jones, MI (2021). Forest Health and the Effects of Drought. Sonoma County Farm Bureau Farm News. https://sonomafb.org/forest-health-and-the-effects-of-drought/
Jones, MI (2021). Harnessing Fire to Manage California's Forests. Word of Mouth Magazine. 37-38. https://wordofmouthmendo.com/word-of-mouth-stories/2021/6/1/mendocino-county-prescribed-burn-association
Jones, MI, Editor (2020). California Oak Health Workshop. A 12-part series discussing oak woodland health issues and current research. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0VajUgoFLkx6oELqhk6pVW0hi5O4mI-
Jones, MI, Editor (2020). Growing Your Own Food. A four-part series of educational workshops discussing gardening hosted by UCCE Master Gardeners. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChC6zXIsZ3snf8ioOAtrGdQ?view_as=subscriber
Jones, MI, Editor (2020). Prescribed Fire for Foresters. A 26-part series describing the process of using prescribed fire for forestry application. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0VajUgoFLnJIV5kcR-3fW-Y4uAJ2Rrq
Jones, MI (2020). Radio and Radio Frequency Recommendations for Prescribed Burn Associations. 01, 2.
Jones, MI (2019). Dieback and Decline of Ornamental Redwood in Lake and Mendocino County. 01, 2.
Jones, MI (2016). Biocontrol of Emerald Ash Borer: Hope for the Future of Ash. My Woodlot. Watershed Agriculture Council – Foresry Program. April 6. http://www.mywoodlot.com/item/biocontrol-of-emerald-ash-borer-hope-for-the-future-of-ash
ANR Workgroup Associations
- California Communities - Member
- Climate Change Adaptation - Member
- Fire - Member
- Forest Ecosystems and Communities - Member
- Oak Woodland Conservation - Member
- Weed - Member